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Operation Clean Government 2016 Candidate School

Saturday, cure June 4, treat 2016

9:30 to 4:30

Rhode Island College Student Union Ballroom

Fee: $90 prior to May 15; $110 after May 15

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Operation Clean Government

Candidate School 2016

PO Box 8683

Warwick, RI 02888

For immediate release: April 11, 2016



Rhode Island College will host day-long seminar on running for public office:

“Candidate School 2016” – Operation Clean Government’s (OCG’s) day-long, non-partisan educational seminar on how to run for public office, will take place Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Rhode Island College in Providence, according to OCG President Margaret Kane.

This is OCG’s eighth Candidate School, continuing an election year tradition that started in 2002. It will be hosted by the Political Science Department of Rhode Island College and is supported by several members of the community who are interested in Rhode Island’s political future. LOOKOUT RI, John Hazen White, Jr.’s non-partisan foundation, is a major supporter,

Kane said, “We need to develop new leaders and problem solvers to help address the big challenges facing the state. We encourage anyone who wants to make a difference, to run for office. Attending our school will help you decide if you want to run for office—or—if you’ve decided to run—it will help you run smarter and better.”

Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo said, “I am proud that RIC’s professors and students strive to serve the needs of our State’s citizens.  Sponsorship of training potential candidates for public office is one example of such outreach.”

On behalf of his department, Dr. Thomas Schmeling added, “The Political Science Department is pleased to support OCG’s work in encouraging broader participation in the democratic process, and happy that our students will have an opportunity to see democracy in action.”

Kane continued, “Candidate School 2016 perfectly fits the non-partisan nature of LOOKOUT RI, which is why the school received a generous donation from Mr. White’s foundation.”

John Hazen White, Jr. stated, “Since Candidate School 2016 is non-partisan in nature, LOOKOUT RI ispleased to help support the program.”

OCG’s Candidate School began in 2002 in order to broaden citizen participation in state and local government. Its goal is to provide citizens with basic knowledge needed to run a successful political campaign. The non-partisan program is designed to help first-time candidates, campaign workers, and volunteers run ethical, winning campaigns. The event is especially helpful for encouraging more women and minority groups to run for public office.

Since 2002, well over 600 aspirants for public office have attended OCG Candidate Schools, including many now well-known Rhode Island political figures.

Our 2016 Candidate School faculty, all with outstanding knowledge of Rhode Island and political campaigning, will cover these critical topics and others::

• Legal requirements to qualify and run, from filing dates to party affiliations

• Ethics and financial disclosure requirements

• What it takes to run and win; how running for office will change your life

• Organizing and staffing your campaign; recruiting and managing volunteers

• Creating your message and getting heard above the clutter

• How to get the money you need to win, and how to spend it wisely;

• Positive media coverage is your best advertising; how to earn it

• Developing web sites and using social media

The faculty usually consists of about 25 experts in their respective fields, with an emphasis on those who have run for office and won. A full program announcement, including faculty names, will be announced shortly.

Candidate School 2016 will take place at Rhode Island College. The program starts with an optional 8:45AM continental breakfast (first session is at 9:30) and ends with a prominent closing speaker at 4PM. The early registration fee of $90 is valid until May 15, when it will go to $110. The fee includes course materials, breakfast, lunch, and refreshment during breaks. Registration and payment can be accomplished onlinethrough the PayPal link at OCG’s website, Checks can also be mailed to Candidate School 2016, P O Box 8683, Warwick, RI 02888.


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